|Bermuda Sunset at the pier|
|Front door of the Supreme Court|
- I'm currently reading Scott Jurek's new book, Eat & Run. Scott is a 7-time straight champion of the Western States Endurance Run, which is actually being run as I type. Western States is basically the Super Bowl of 100 mile races out in California. His new book is basically autobiography meets vegan recipes meets running advice meets inspiration. It's very interesting and both my wife and I are working our way through it. Prior to DC, I received an advanced copy of it due to my sponsorship with Brooks (he is sponsored by Brooks) and in it was his book tour schedule where he was doing group runs in city after city then having talks and book signings. Well, he was slated to be in DC when we were! So, on our first day, I wore my running gear all day and went out to Arlington, VA and was able to run with him. I did get him for a few minutes during the 3+ mile run. I did my best to recruit him to our trail running hotbed but he clearly loves the high elevation runs out west...but does plan to retire in less than two years from professional running when we wants to run some midwest 100s "for fun." Yea, right! Here's where he signed my copy of his book.
|Scott and I post-run and my signed copy of his book. :-)))|
|The beginning of June 21st|
|A little bit later after the sun cracked the horizon|
|Gorgeous, isn't it? Too bad I was nearly the only one onboard who saw it.|
- Speaking more of running: the 100 mile bug is nippin' at my heels again. I will reevaluate how true that nibble is after next week's 12 hour trail race. I don't have a particular one in mind...some ideas, but no details yet. I want to know if this desire is valid and next Saturday will help me make a sound decision. If I do, I will train very differently this time around and how I organize my training will be overhauled.
- My favorite quote so far from Scott Jurek's book is "Sometimes you just do things." His dad used to say it to him when Scott (as a kid) would ask the "why" of doing something. His dad simply replied "Sometimes you just do things." That stuck in his head as he ran, ran, and ran some more and pushed himself to crazy limits. I love it and it really explains much of why I run. Yea, it doesn't explain JACK but that's the point! There isn't an explanation. "Sometimes, I just do things." ~ Me.
- Under favorite posts over on the right, there is a link to the 7 Baby Steps to getting out of debt. There are some of you out there who read this who are doing just that or have arrived. This cruise was the first one we took debt free. Paid for in full (not on a credit card) before we went and every cent paid for in cash. We owe nobody a cent. We haven't had a credit card in almost 2 years now and have no intention of ever going back. We are proving it can be done, especially when my wife is off all summer and not working. Keys to success? A written plan (budget), teamwork with your spouse, and sticking to that written plan. We're not debt free completely...we still owe on our home and nothing else, but we re-financed that from 30 to 15 years and pay more on every payment to principal. We believe we can do it in 10 years, though...and we will. No better time to start than TODAY!
That's enough for now. I could go on but the evening is growing old, the sun is lowering, and family time is at the ready. I'll do my best to start writing again...I really do miss it.